New ASEAN start-ups that hold potential

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startupA look at the start-up scene in ASEAN brings to light that there are a number of fresh firms around that have high potential and are likely to play a role in the future tech scene in the region. Here an overview on the newest players.

Singapore has recently announced that it aims to establish the city state as a new hub for 3D printing technologies, with a number of industry player and start-ups seizing the opportunity. Among them is Pirate3D, a Singapore-based start-up that develops what it claims to be the world’s most affordable 3D printer. Just recently, the firm got a seed round of funding from Red Dot Ventures, one of Singapore’s government-supported incubators, and also launched a popular crowd funding campaign.

Another Singapore start-up to notice is Collabspot which has created an email sales platform that combines Google’s Gmail with customer relations management tools. Collabspot is funded by Singapore’s incubator JFDI. Basically, the tool is designed to enhance sales by allowing users to keep track of and manage customer info from Gmail.

Software-as-a-Service is the offer of UserScout, also from Singapore. The core product is a software that enables users to do post market research on different projects and surveys in the fields of advertising, marketing and recruiting and, at the same time, manage participants.

Also in Singapore, Save22 has developed an Asian web and mobile shopping app that scans products and finds local stores selling that product. It is aimed at shoppers who want to browse and compare articles on offer before they actually go out shopping. The firm, funded by Crystal Horse Investments, Nuffnang, Strategia Ventures and Little Lights Capital, has since expanded to Malaysia and the Philippines.

Besides Singapore, Vietnam seems to be a new hotspot for internet and mobile app start-ups.

Launched in November 2012, Wada is a Vietnamese search engine developed by local company New Horizon Internet. It is based on search technology invented by Russia’s Ashmanov and Partners, one of the leading Russian online-marketing companies. Wada has already spent $10 million in 2012 for building its search product and hiring staff and is now planning to spend another $15 million in 2013 to beat Google in Vietnam. However, it will also have to compete with the new Vietnamese search engine Coc Coc.

A Vietnamese daily deals website called Kay is based on an Internet shopping experience that includes coupons and somehow follows the Groupon concept.

Fashion is the main theme of Vietnamese start-up Chon.vn, which since its launch in 2009 has developed into one of Vietnam’s biggest players in the fashion e-commerce space. The site today carries over 200 premium brands.

In Indonesia, a newly started consumer-to-consumer platform called Shopious has caught attention. Shopious has a strong fashion focus, along with a couple of social features such as allowing users to follow merchant stores. Pinterest-like image presentation and a news feed give product suggestions to users based on what they follow. The motto of the platform is “Shopping just got Social”.

In Thailand, the restaurant review start-up Wongnai is making quite a splash in a food-crazy nation. Since its launch in 2012, it had more than 500,000 downloads from the iTunes App Store and currently boasts a database of 110,000 restaurants in Thailand, claiming to be the biggest restaurant review company in the country. It has been funded by Japan’s Recruit Strategic Partners.

In the Philippines, the start-up SocialProject.PH has established itself as a donation- and rewards-based crowd funding platform that features projects from registered and credible organisations benefiting various social causes in the country.

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A look at the start-up scene in ASEAN brings to light that there are a number of fresh firms around that have high potential and are likely to play a role in the future tech scene in the region. Here an overview on the newest players.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

startupA look at the start-up scene in ASEAN brings to light that there are a number of fresh firms around that have high potential and are likely to play a role in the future tech scene in the region. Here an overview on the newest players.

Singapore has recently announced that it aims to establish the city state as a new hub for 3D printing technologies, with a number of industry player and start-ups seizing the opportunity. Among them is Pirate3D, a Singapore-based start-up that develops what it claims to be the world’s most affordable 3D printer. Just recently, the firm got a seed round of funding from Red Dot Ventures, one of Singapore’s government-supported incubators, and also launched a popular crowd funding campaign.

Another Singapore start-up to notice is Collabspot which has created an email sales platform that combines Google’s Gmail with customer relations management tools. Collabspot is funded by Singapore’s incubator JFDI. Basically, the tool is designed to enhance sales by allowing users to keep track of and manage customer info from Gmail.

Software-as-a-Service is the offer of UserScout, also from Singapore. The core product is a software that enables users to do post market research on different projects and surveys in the fields of advertising, marketing and recruiting and, at the same time, manage participants.

Also in Singapore, Save22 has developed an Asian web and mobile shopping app that scans products and finds local stores selling that product. It is aimed at shoppers who want to browse and compare articles on offer before they actually go out shopping. The firm, funded by Crystal Horse Investments, Nuffnang, Strategia Ventures and Little Lights Capital, has since expanded to Malaysia and the Philippines.

Besides Singapore, Vietnam seems to be a new hotspot for internet and mobile app start-ups.

Launched in November 2012, Wada is a Vietnamese search engine developed by local company New Horizon Internet. It is based on search technology invented by Russia’s Ashmanov and Partners, one of the leading Russian online-marketing companies. Wada has already spent $10 million in 2012 for building its search product and hiring staff and is now planning to spend another $15 million in 2013 to beat Google in Vietnam. However, it will also have to compete with the new Vietnamese search engine Coc Coc.

A Vietnamese daily deals website called Kay is based on an Internet shopping experience that includes coupons and somehow follows the Groupon concept.

Fashion is the main theme of Vietnamese start-up Chon.vn, which since its launch in 2009 has developed into one of Vietnam’s biggest players in the fashion e-commerce space. The site today carries over 200 premium brands.

In Indonesia, a newly started consumer-to-consumer platform called Shopious has caught attention. Shopious has a strong fashion focus, along with a couple of social features such as allowing users to follow merchant stores. Pinterest-like image presentation and a news feed give product suggestions to users based on what they follow. The motto of the platform is “Shopping just got Social”.

In Thailand, the restaurant review start-up Wongnai is making quite a splash in a food-crazy nation. Since its launch in 2012, it had more than 500,000 downloads from the iTunes App Store and currently boasts a database of 110,000 restaurants in Thailand, claiming to be the biggest restaurant review company in the country. It has been funded by Japan’s Recruit Strategic Partners.

In the Philippines, the start-up SocialProject.PH has established itself as a donation- and rewards-based crowd funding platform that features projects from registered and credible organisations benefiting various social causes in the country.

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